Pros and Cons of Planning a Home Funeral

Planning a home funeral has its advantages and disadvantages for the family of the deceased. Home funerals are often more private than funerals than in funeral home and other venues. Therefore, the bereaved can have more privacy when they hold home funerals. But, that does not make home funerals really private all the time. Because friends and acquaintances will likely stick around for quite a while, it would be hard for the family to take some rest or some break from the crowd.

Advantages of Holding a Home Funeral

If you are planning on holding a home funeral for you or for your loved one, you should weigh the advantages and the disadvantages so that you will be able to determine whether your decision will be beneficial for your family.

More Personalized Planning

Planning a home funeral can also be more personalized. You will be able to set the schedule according to your wishes or the convenience of your family and the attendees of the funeral.
Creating funeral bulletin cards, announcements, or flyers from funeral templates would also be a great affordable idea when you hold a home funeral as you will be able to make these cards on your own, in the privacy of your own home. There are a variety of funeral service templates online that you can easily download, print, and distribute at

These cards are downloadable, editable and printable, even for people who are not much familiar with computers and image editors, as these funeral program templates come in Microsoft Word format. If you do not have Microsoft Word, you may download a free sample directly from the product page.

• Often More Private
Because home funerals are, of course, held at home, they are likely more private than funeral homes. Because of this, the family of the deceased will be able to have more quiet time with close family members and close friends.

Less Expensive
Home funerals are also less expensive because you do not need to pay for the funeral home for more services. By downloading your own funeral program templates and printing as many as you need, you can cut funeral costs by a hefty sum.

memorial service templates

Printable Memorial Service Templates at

Disadvantages of Holding Home Funerals

Even though home funerals are quite advantageous, this kind of funeral service also has its disadvantages.
Lots of Things to be Done
Because you are not availing of the service of a funeral home, you will have to do most things on your own. Most of your family members will have a chore to do, which is not quite a likeable thing to do when mourning.
Not So Private
Even though home funerals can be private, especially if there are lesser people who will attend the service, it will not be so private. Because friends and colleagues might stay for a while during and after the service, family members of the deceased will feel they will have no place to rest or be alone in the house.
Some Hospitals Think Home Funerals are Illegal
If you choose to have a funeral in your home, you will likely have to explain a lot of things to hospitals, medical personnel and nurses because many of them think that home funerals are illegal. Thus, instead of just dealing with the service and your grief, you will have to deal with a lot of people just to hold the funeral in your home.

You may also want to read:
Planning  a Funeral on a Limited Budget
How to Save Money on a Funeral Service
How to Plan a Funeral Memorial Service at Home

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